Sandwich Saga Part III

1 May

A Sauce for all Seasons

It’s been six days since my last blog post… my longest stretch since creating ‘A Double D way of Life’. The lines of communication have become parched and my flow of ideas have dried up. I’m stranded in a desert that is my mind; good ideas come and go like an onslaught of mirages but they’re nothing but figments of my imagination. I need something tangible something refreshing… NO not water, I NEED a SAUCE!

Yes, here we are again, Sandwich Saga Part 3, we know pressed is best when it comes to the bread, but what lubricates the taste buds? What keeps us coming back for that next bite? What accents every bit of flavour, every bite of protein, every grain of bread, while not invading the palate; like a charming guy vs that stocker that seems to be overwhelmingly everywhere??? Well the truth is, when it comes to sauce, there is no universal answer; rather, a code of guidelines, passed on by the sandwich gods, that indicate a plural nature to the meaning of perfection; yes there are more than one right answer when it comes to the Quest of Best in Sauce.

Back in 2004 till 2006 I worked for a stint at a small Sandwich place, in case you’ve heard of it, it was Subway restaurants. Upon my first shift I needed to memorise all 14 different meat combinations, plus a variety of breads, cheeses, and legumes; all simple I say. What dumbfounded me was the array of possible sauces that all seemed to work with their sandwich counterpart, like a match made in heaven. Subway easily had northward of 12 sauces, and this gave me an understanding and huge appreciation for the art. At the end of my apprenticeship, I had mastered the art of at least the Subway sauces and I had crafted a vegetarian sub that due to its reliance on sauce had no indication that a principle protein was missing; it tasted fantastic despite not all the family being home.

So here are some basics that I can pass on to you. My five finger rules to success but remember sauce can only amount to a guideline and not a way of life; that, you must discover on your own taste time.

  1. With Soft subtle meats, such as poultry, soft subtle sauces work best. Don’t kill a good thing, you want to taste a nice delicate smoked turkey, so use sauces like mayonnaise, a light ranch or a very small amount of pesto / mayo, don’t kill the flavour.
  2. With stronger cured / saltier meats, a more robust flavour can be used, more specifically something with a bit of acid tang. NO not sulphuric acid, I’m talking neutral PH levels. Something like mustard or a beautiful honey Dijon goes a great way with ham, or mortadella, or salami. In fact it’s almost necessary to cut into that saltiness with an acidic sauce.
  3. Play it down when celebrities are in the town… don’t overwhelm the party. When in Italy, they taught me to let a beautiful meat talk for itself. If you’re using a perfectly aged Prosciutto Crudo (it takes one year to age this meat) don’t cram it with too much sauce power. A subtle mustard, or mayo will do. If Brad Pitt comes to your house do you think he wants all the paparazzi and every other fan and star in there too? NO! Keep it simple or a fight will break out!
  4. Veggies crave dressing. If you have a significant amount of lettuce in the house, well break out some oil and vinegar and get this fiesta going. Olive oil and a nice red wine vinegar is a perfect subtle accent to any sandwich, remember don’t overdo it, especially when meat is king!
  5. Lastly, Crazy times call for crazy sauces. Because these are only guidelines, remember to mix it up. My top three favourite sidekick sauces or my entourage is: hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and a nice hummus, believe it or not. The point is, a party isn’t a party without one or two of those wild friends that just seem to make things happen, don’t be afraid to mix it up and try for yourself.

Thus concludes my five finger sauce guideline, always remember that you are the cook and you hold the bottle. A classic sandwich with meat and bread is great, but a nice sauce can compliment every taste flowing through those bites. To sum up, Sauce is to a sandwich what clothes are to a man. The nicer you dress the more you look and act the part, besides everyone can agree the man unclothed has never been the prettiest picture.

Sauce on!



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